Six Patriot League football student-athletes named to FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team



BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – Six Patriot League football student-athletes were named to the 24th Annual Academic All-Star Team when the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) was announced.

Lehigh’s senior wide receiver Austin Dambach has been called to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star for the second consecutive season. Holy Cross junior linebacker Jacob Dobbs earned a spot on the squad after being named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and securing a spot on the league’s academy squad.

Bucknell’s senior wide receiver Dominic Lyles received FCS ADA recognition, as did Colgate senior linebacker Milton Braasch II and senior defensive back Will Gruber. Lafayette’s senior linebacker Major Jordan, a three-time University Patriots League winner, has also been named the College Star.

Overall, 50 student-athletes were selected for the 24th FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team from a pool of over 113 applicants. Football players from all institutions in the Football Championship division are eligible for the award. The six Patriot League winners were tied for second out of 14 FCS conferences.

2021 Patriot League FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team Selections

Last name School Position To classify GPA
Dominique lyles Bucknell WR Sr. 3.61
Milton Braasch II Colgate KG Sr. 3.33
Will gruber Colgate BD / RS Sr. 3.64
Jacob Dobbs the holy cross KG Jr. 3.68
Major Jordan Lafayette KG Sr. 3.63
Austin dambach Lehigh WR Sr. 3.95

FCS ADA ACADEMIC STAR TEAM: Football players from all institutions of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) are eligible for the prize. Each of the applicants was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a scale of 4.00) in undergraduate or graduate studies and have been a beginner or key player with legitimate athletic credentials. They must have reached their second year of athletics and academic achievement at the nominated institution and have completed at least one full academic year at the nominated institution. They must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at their designated position.


The Patriot League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic success, continuously demonstrating that the student-athlete can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The sporting success of the Patriot League is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and developing student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics in the institutions of the Patriot League is considered an important part of a well-rounded education.


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